Building Bridges between young singers from diverse cultures
Since its creation in 1989, the World Youth Choir (WYC) has established itself as one of the most remarkable musical and intercultural experiences offered to young musicians. Approximately 100 choral singers from around the globe between the ages of 17 and 26, come together each year to represent one of today’s most significant youth choirs. As participation increases each year, today, the WYC is composed of more than forty nationalities, representing all continents.
Original in its organization
Each summer the World Youth Choir (WYC), comprised of half new and half re-invited singers, meets in a different country for two weeks of intense rehearsals. At the conclusion of these rehearsals the choir tours within the host and neighboring countries, presenting concerts in major cultural centers and prestigious concert halls. The artistic scope of the project is in itself a major achievement, facilitating intercultural dialogue through youth exchange. The WYC also represents for its members a unique experience in terms of personal relationships. Regardless of political or cultural differences, young people with a love for singing and choral music share one month of their life together. This allows for work and leisure, conversation and debate, creating lifelong friendships. This unique artistic process emanates through their performances which never fail to astound audiences the world over.
Original in its program
The WYC engages some of the world’s most renowned choral conductors to rehearse intensively and prepare an ambitious concert program from various vocal and choral traditions and styles. The artistic responsibility lies with an international committee of eminent specialists appointed by the International Federation for Choral Music, Jeunesses Musicales International and Europa Cantat. The WYC engages the most renowned choral conductors for the sessions. Since its inception, the choir has been conducted by Anton Armstrong, Frieder Bernius, Filippo Maria Bresan, Michael Brewer, Peter Broadbent, Bob Chilcott, Peter Dijkstra, Peter Erdei, Eric Ericson, Gunnar Eriksson, Gary Graden, Georg Grün, Maria Guinand, Aharon Harlap, Florian Heyerick, Felipe Izcaray, Sidumo Jacobs, Robert Janssens, Tonu Kaljuste, Eric Klaas, Anthony Leach, Eduardo Mata (†), Albert McNeil, Denis Menier, Theodora Pavlovitch, Grete Pedersen, Johannes Prinz, Robert Shaw (†), Ole-Kristen Ruud, Fred Sjöberg, Stefan Sköld, Paul Smith, Robert Sund, Ward Swingle, Nobuaki Tanaka, Andre Thomas, Jonathan Velasco, Michele Weir, Hak Won Yoon, Steve Zegree, Johan Duijck, Ana Maria Raga, Ragnar Rasmussen and Josep Vila.
Emilie Fillod, JMI Executive officer
Vladimir Opacic, project manager